Castles & Fortresses.
Explore the witnesses of long past times
The dreamlike Neuschwanstein Castle was commissioned by "fairytale king" Ludwig II of Bavaria as a personal retreat.
The unrivaled Fairytale Castle
It was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive King and an homage to Richard Wagner and the world of opera. The splendid state apartments in imaginative medieval style offer a very special ambiance, reminding of the castle's lively past. A highlight not to be missed: the phenomenal panoramic view of the surrounding landscapes.
Falkenstein Castle Ruins
Everyone knows Neuschwanstein Castle but King Ludwig II had even bigger plans in mind: he also purchased the Castle Ruins of Falkenstein near Pfronten and wanted to replace them with an new castle even bigger, more sophisticated and more extravagant than Neuschwanstein.
The Fairytale King's last Dream
Unfortunately Ludwig died in 1886 before work on the castle could start. However, Falkenstein Castle built in the 13th century and destroyed in the Thirty Years' War, is still "Germany's highest castle in ruins". The unrivaled Alpine panorama and the picture-book setting of Falkenstein add to a really memorable experience. Therefore the Falkenstein Castle Ruins rank among the region's best loved excursion sites.
Linderhof Palace & Park
The former Hunting House belonged to the father of King Ludwig - Maximilian II. King Ludwig inherited the grounds, enlarged and reconstructed the villa by adding many luxurious details and comforts in Neo-Rococo style. Daily guided tours give an insight into many interesting facts about the eccentric lifestyle of his royal owner.
A walk through the splendid castle gardens is an absolute must thanks to its marvelous ponds, water fountains and incredible staffage buildings.